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Back on the menu? Europeans once ate seaweed, research shows

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Seaweed is great stuff. I used to live in Japan and now that I am back in the US I eat gohan every day and seaweed every chance I get. There are other items from Japan (sushi, for example) that I look for far and wide. I guess that sea "weed" might seem unenticing to people whose culture doesn't use it, but those of us who have had it in dozens of different ways like it and like it plenty.

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Hello?

Laver bread?

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You can buy dried seaweed in Costco in the US. My wife loves it. Our eldest dog too. Me not so much.

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This study mentions:

Archaeological evidence suggests that the Americas may have first been settled by maritime peoples following the rich assemblage of marine resources found in the kelp forests that extend along the Pacific Rim from Japan all the way down to Chile. The “Kelp Highway Hypothesis” suggests that ancient Americans may have arrived and dispersed far earlier by sea rather than by land.

Today, kelp and other types of seaweed are being actively cultivated not just to be consumed as-is but as a source of protein for processed foods. It is far less energy-intensive than land-based crops (not to mention livestock) and relieves overstressed ecosystems.

https://nwstraits.org/media/2925/appendix_b_the-cultural-importance-of-kelp-for-pacific-northwest-tribes.pdf

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piskianToday  08:37 am JST

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Hello....read the artcle before posting.

"But it has long been shunned by traditional Western diets -- with a few exceptions, such as the Welsh dish laverbread."

Seaweed includes Kelp and others. But the NORI that we all know is actually an Algae, not a Seaweed.

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My wife is from Ulster ( Northern Ireland) and used to eat Dulse as a child normally after having gone to collect mussels both of which were eaten for Sunday teatime.

"Dulse is one of the most protein-rich seaweeds out there, second to nori" quoted from a supplier in the UK

Having a small bowl of seaweed with a meal is a particular favourite of mine when visiting Japan.

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I ate seaweed every week in the UK.

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”Europeans once ate…”

I stopped reading at that sentence due to the utter ignorance on display.

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I stopped reading at that sentence due to the utter ignorance on display.

Dulse is a type of seaweed harvested at low tide along the coasts of Ireland. Irish monks began harvesting this seaweed (an activity known as “dulsing”) some 1,400 years ago.

It can be eaten raw or tossed into soups, but most often dulse is dried in the sun and turned into chewy, reddish-purple seaweed chips.

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Europeans were previously believed to have turned their noses up at seaweed following the introduction of agriculture more than 10,000 years ago.

People were eating seaweed quite regularly in the 19th century in Europe. And I think it carried on among the poor for longer than that.

Here is a better explanation of the findings:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2023/october/from-staple-to-superfood-how-seaweed-fed-prehistoric-europeans.html#:~:text=Europeans%20seemed%20to%20stop%20eating,enough%20evidence%20to%20prove%20it.

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